The Life Triad: 3 Keys to a Fulfilling, Successful Life

“The Life Triad? What’s with your fascination with the three tier Triad? And how can you get all success principles into such a simple thing”

Anonymous Seminar Participant

I have studied self-improvement for years. It is one of the most fulfilling things to learn how to improve and grow. However, I found a problem: Complexity.

You have the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the 13 principles from Think and Grow Rich, top 10 success principles from countless others… All good stuff. I have read Covey’s “7 Habits” multiple times in my life and every time it was remarkably impactful. But at this moment, I’m not sure I could name more than 3 or 4 of the seven.

I needed something… Simple…

Success in... 1... 2... 3...

Simplicity is an absolute requirement for success. 

In general, our brains work like this: one.. two.. three.. MANY…

Keeping more than three things in our mind at once becomes confusing and distracting. We spend more energy in remembering what we need to do than we do on the task itself.

When it comes to self-improvement, lack of focus or confusion leads invariably to loss of momentum, or outright failure. So any framework for success needs to be simple. This is one of the truly powerful aspects of the Atomic Triad.

The Life Triad system has simplicity and clarity at its core. Building on the Atomic Triad concept, we can break a truly successful and fulfilling life into three components.  Life Balance, Life Map, and Life Legacy.

Lets dive a little deeper:

Life Triad - Life Balance

FOUNDATION: Life Balance

The Foundation of the Life Triad is Life Balance.

Once we can get our lives into balance, then we can really start building a life that takes us out of the daily grind, or at least makes our daily routines less “grind” and more “groove”. Without balance our lives are virtually impossible to control. We need to have a conscious and focused approach to our lives in order to achieve any level of greatness.

One misconception about life balance is that everything needs to be equal. This is not the case. I find that greatness comes from a fanatical focus on one area, but for a limited time and in the pursuit of your Life Legacy. Perhaps a better name would be Life Harmony. 

I know this very well. I am a father and husband with a solid career in the corporate world, who is also building a knowledge business. There still needs to be time for working out, feeding my mind, my spiritual life, friends, Scouts and other community service activities. The list of things competing for our time never ends. The Life Balance Triad gives you a framework to make it all work together.

Life Triad - Life Map


The Framework of the Life Triad is The Life Map.

Life Balance is about having an effective vehicle to travel the road of life. Our Life Legacy is the ultimate destination, the real reason we are here in this world. The Life Map shows us the way. It is literally the map of our lives.

Our Life Map is made up of our dreams and goals. What do we want to do and see on our journey.

It gives us clarity that what we are working hard on is taking us in the right direction and to give us warning when we are off course. More importantly, to give us the path to get back on course.

It is about planning your life and keeping the destination in mind. Don’t just wander aimlessly hoping things will get better. 

Life Triad - Life Legacy


The Manifestation of the Life Triad is Life Legacy.

It is the ultimate purpose for your life. Your Life Legacy is the real final Destination for your Life Map.

When I was in 7th grade, I had a guidance councilor ask me “Dan, what does the world owe you?” In true teenager fashion, I looked at him with this confused face and answered “uhh.. I dunno”. His response has impacted me for the decades since. I wish I could remember his name so I could thank him.

He told me: “The world owes you nothing. The world gave YOU a gift that is called life. The world does not owe you, you owe the world. It is your responsibility to pay it back by making the world a better place because you were here.”

I believe we have a purpose in the world. A reason we are here. What is yours?

What will you be remembered for when you are gone? Will this world be a better place because you were here?

That is the essence of your Life Legacy.

Success can be simple…  However, it is never easy… Complexity only makes it harder.  My goal is to remove the complexity to give you the best chance of making your dreams come true. To help you make the world a better place for you having been here.

To find more ways to create the success you want and deserve, find my podcast “Third Power Life” on your favorite platform.

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